Definition of dye in English:


Syllabification: dye


A natural or synthetic substance used to add a color to or change the color of something.
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  • For the most part, though, manufacturers adopted recipes using synthetic dyes, or mixtures of synthetic and natural dyes, to provide whatever colors were in demand.
  • It was made with natural and synthetic dyes on wool.
  • One of the major practical applications of chromophore chemistry is in the manufacture of synthetic dyes, or dyestuffs, for textiles.

verb (dyes, dyeing, dyed)

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1Add a color to or change the color of (something) by soaking it in a solution impregnated with a dye: [with complement]: I dyed my hair blonde (as adjective dyed) dyed black hair
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  • ‘When your mom takes you to the store to buy your hair dye and then dyes it for you, you're not getting the true meaning of punk,’ he states.
  • She had used the black hair dye to dye the bottom five inches of her flaming red hair black.
  • She wore black and she had dyed her hair black, but the blonde roots were beginning to grow out.
1.1 [no object] Take color well or badly during a dyeing process: it’s good material—it should dye well


Old English dēag (noun), dēagian (verb). The noun is not recorded from Old English to the late 16th century, when it was re-formed from the verb.


dyed in the wool

Unchanging in a particular belief or opinion; inveterate: she’s a dyed-in-the-wool conservative
[with allusion to the fact that yarn was dyed in the raw state, producing a more even and permanent color]
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  • Well, I suppose if you were a Dodger fan you might have a different view of things, but, as I am a dyed in the wool Angel fan, I was ecstatic with our 9-shelling of the Dodger bullpen.
  • A haunter of bookshops since his childhood, spent north and west of Kensington Gardens, he was a dyed in the wool bookman, and was perhaps the last Man of Letters to have read ‘everything’.
  • My grandfather, who is a dear man, but a dyed in the wool Socialist, told me that the general was a traitor to his race for taking a job with third administration.
inveterate, confirmed, entrenched, established, long-standing, deep-rooted, diehard;
complete, absolute, thorough, thoroughgoing, out-and-out, true blue;
informal card-carrying



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  • It is a photosensitive resin composition and color filter comprising a polymer dyeable with an anionic dye, an azide compound and a compound with at least two acrylol groups
  • Silk is dyeable, but if it is lined, has trim, or other components - they may not dye.
  • Katahdin Tek is made from a highly dyeable polyester filament, allowing even tonal qualities and luxurious drape.

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